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Title: Conduct Counseling

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Conduct Counseling
  • Given references, Non-Commissioned Officers,
    and instruction in a class room environment, new
    NCOs will learn the fundamentals of counseling,
    some approaches to counseling, and relate these
    to different situations.

  • FM 22-100, Military Leadership
  • FM 22-101, Leadership Counseling
  • THE MENTOR 3rd Edition by MSG Mark Gerecht

The Counseling Form
  • DA Form 4856-E, JUN 99 (Developmental
    Counseling Form) (11,12)

Types of Counselings
  • Initial
  • Monthly
  • Promotion
  • Disciplinary
  • PLDC
  • Family Care Plan
  • Performance
  • etc

Approaches to Counseling
  • Directive Counselor led, most effective in
    dealing with Disciplinary problems and has short
    term effects.
  • Non-Directive Soldier-centered, takes
    responsibility for solving the problem. Takes
    longer and is more relaxed
  • Combined Most commonly used, a combination of
    both approaches. (13)

Leader Actions
  • In developing proper attitude and behavior, the
    leader should be aware of the characteristic
    aspects of effective counseling. These Include
  • Flexibility
  • Respect
  • Communication
  • Support
  • Motivation
  • Purpose
  • (LC, 12)

Sources of Power
  • Legitimate Power
  • Reward Power
  • Coercive Power
  • Referent Power
  • Expert Power
  • -Soldiers will accept guidance and follow
    directions from a leader they believe knows the
    correct action or solution. This confidence is
    important in combat when soldiers must believe
    their leader is able to get them through
    dangerous situations. (LC,14)

Forms of Influence
  • Mapping Alternatives
  • Recommending
  • Persuading
  • Urging
  • Advising
  • Commanding
  • Punishing
  • (LC,16)

Before the session, dont forget to.
  • Notify the soldier
  • Ensure that the soldier knows the location and
    that the counseling does not interfere with any
    other requirements from senior leadership
  • You may choose to inform the soldier of the
    purpose of the counseling. It is best to inform
    the soldier, to put his/her mind at ease.
  • Schedule a time
  • Inform the soldier of the time
  • Choose a suitable place for counseling
  • Select an environment free from interruptions

Before the session, dont forget to.
  • Plan the discussion
  • - Determine the points you wish to cover
  • - Make notes on 3x5 cards
  • - Do not get away from the issue, unless the
    subject requires immediate attention, or in some
    way is related to the issue at hand
  • - Ensure you have appropriate documentation
    and references available
  • - Identify the problem from the leaders
  • - Try to understand the situation from the
    soldiers point of view (13,14)

Considerations when Counseling
  • Conduct counselings at a time when it does not
    interfere with other activities
  • Do not tolerate any breaches of integrity, in any
  • Never hold a grudge, it is unprofessional
  • Never protect a soldier from discipline (14,15)

Methods of Motivation
  • Letters of Appreciation
  • Certificates of Achievement
  • Unit Certification Certificates
  • Writing formal letter
  • Distribute Key leader cards
  • Recognize the FSG
  • P.O.B.
  • Recognize specific achievements (20)

Corrective Training
  • Remember The punishment has to fit the crime!!!
  • DO NOT confuse corrective training with extra
    duty-they are NOT the same
  • Remedial training MAY be performed after duty
    hours (47)

  • Nobody is perfect, it will take time for you to
    get your own feel as a counselor
  • It is important for us to remain professional as
    NCOs to give our soldiers 100
  • Never cheat your soldiers-going easy on your
    soldier makes no impact in the long run. This
    will only perhaps create an new NCO who does the
    same thing to his/her soldiers.

And lastly.
  • A good counselor is always prepared

End of Instruction
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